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Charlestown is the familiar TV location for Poldark and The Onedin Line.

The village was built in 1801 for the import of coal and export of china clay. It remains an unspoilt port and retains it's Georgian character which has remained relatively undeveloped. 200 years ago, West Polmear, as it was then known, was a tiny fishing village with no harbour, only three cottages, and the local people made a living catching pilchards.

It is called after Charles Rashleigh who began the development of the little fishing village by creating the harbour and widening it's streets to allow for the wagons, which carried the china clay to the harbour. In addition, Rashleigh built a gun battery to protect the village and this was used by the look-out man. He could spot shoals of fish and alert the village, guiding the boats to the fish once they had put to sea.

The name of the village was changed in honour of Charles Rashleigh and became Charles' town.

Today, the harbour provides a permanent berth for square riggers.

As for the photo, not technically brilliant, I know, but it was difficult to get too far back to get everything in! That flag pole, in reality, was there, so I left it in (albeit a bit too central)....as was the "clutter" in the foreground, left there by local fishermen, I presume.

Anyway, this is a very important part of Cornwall, so I wanted to let you know about it.

Thanks for stopping by.

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